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About Geoffrey Robertson

Geoffrey Robertson is a leading human-rights lawyer and United Nations war-crimes judge. he has written a number of books including: a href=,,0_0141010142,00.html target=_blank>Crimes Against Humanity.

Articles by Geoffrey Robertson

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Rosemary Bechler is openDemocracy’s Editor.

Constitutional conventions: best practice

Torture: the human-rights answer

The unequivocal lesson of history and current politics is that torture corrodes the bonds of law and humanity that underpin any society with a claim to be civilised, says Geoffrey Robertson.

The tyrant's flaw: Geoffrey Robertson interviewed

The prosecutor of England’s king, Charles I, in 1649 conceived the modern principle of holding tyrants legally to account for their violations. The human-rights lawyer Geoffrey Robertson tells openDemocracy’s Charlie Devereux why he regards John Cooke as a hero for our time.

'The Tyrannicide Brief': an extract

The radical lawyer John Cooke prosecuted England’s king, Charles I, in 1649 – and in doing so opened a chapter in legal history that reverberates 356 years later. Geoffrey Robertson, in an extract from his book “The Tyrannicide Brief”, describes Cooke’s pivotal role and assesses its modern implications.
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